Brake system

1. First

Our experts recommend:

  • Inspect brake system, including brake linings, brake fluid, parking brake, rotors and drums. every 12 months/24,000 Km.

2. Next

Do your brakes need servicing? Here are a few signs that you should service them right away:

  • Noises - Squealing can indicate brake pads that have worn down to the planners and a grinding sound can mean pads have worn down to their backings, which are coming in contact with rotors.
  • Warning lights - "BRAKE", "ABS" or "ANTILOCK" warning lights will briefly turn on when you first start your vehicle. If they stay on or continue to flash, there may be a fault in the anti-lock braking system.
  • Pedal sensations - A pulsing pedal can indicate rotors that are out of round, while a low pedal can indicate the need to adjust rear brakes.
  • Performance - "Spongy" brakes can indicate air is entering the brake system or that the brake fluid is contaminated. A vehicle that pulls to the side may indicate brakes are not balanced or there is a caliper problem.
  • Low brake fluid - Dropping levels of brake fluid can indicate wearing brakes. The fluid fills the space left by the caliper pistons as they are required to move outward. Frequent top-ups can be a sign of a leak in the hydraulic system that should be addressed by a qualified technician.
  • Brake flush - Recommended when brake fluid is contaminated.